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Line up of fun includes SUP jousting tournament, wine and beer tastings, amphibious craft and tons of kids activities
SEATTLE – January 2015 – From stand up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between, there’s lots to take in at the Seattle Boat Show (Indoors +Afloat). The 2015 show drops anchor on Jan. 23 and runs through Jan 31. The largest show on the West Coast, it features some 1,000 boats and yachts in two locations, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 430+ exhibitors, 225 free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee. There’s also tons of fun to be had at the show.
When legislators approved and President Barack Obama signed the federal spending bill a few weeks ago, one provision prohibited the use of federal funds to enact statewide or local bans on the sale and use of lead in fishing tackle.
Included in the 2015 omnibus spending bill, courtesy of the Toxic Substances Control Act and benefiting anglers who use lead-based fishing tackle, the prohibition against using federal funds to ban lead products from recreational activity could prevent certain regulations from being enacted.
“We see the omnibus package as a temporary fix. It means federal money cannot be used to ban lead fishing tackle,” Libby Yranski, government relations coordinator for American Sportfishing Association (ASA), said, adding the advocacy group has for a few years been working on permanent legislation to create an exemption from banning lead-based fishing tackle.
Specifically, the exemption means lead-based fishing tackle cannot be banned locally. State and local regulation of lead-based fishing tackle could still be enacted and enforced without the use of federal funds. View full story at The Log.
Upon further review, the ruling has been confirmed — it’s a repeat for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Boat Show. Seattle Boat Show organizers have once again decided to pay homage to the home team by ending the show one day early so that exhibitors, event staff and showgoers can watch the Seahawks bring home their second Vince Lombardi trophy with friends and family. The show will close at 8pm on Saturday, Jan. ...31. That still gives boating enthusiasts nine full days to visit the West Coast’s largest boat show, with two locations, at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union.
The Seattle Boat Show opens at 11am on Friday Jan. 23. In further celebration of the team, Seattle Boat Show and BoatUS are giving one lucky boater a pair of 2015 Seahawks Season Tickets. Tickets to the Seattle Boat Show are an auspicious $12. View full story at Boating Industry:
Baumstein wants to be first woman to row solo across Pacific.
Port Townsend has always attracted adventurous seafarers, and a prime example is Sonya Baumstein, 29, who is undertaking an ep...ic voyage for the sake of the Pacific Ocean.
A boat has been built here that she plans to row the 6,000 miles from Japan to California. Baumstein has no support boat, no engine and no sails. She expects the solo rowing adventure to take as long as 180 days. View full story at PTLeader:
PORT HADLOCK — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will begin construction this month on a 1,000-square-foot milling room to house large machinery.
“I’m very excited about this,” said Betsy Davis, who took over management of the school at 42 North Water St. in October.
“It will allow more efficient dust collection,” the executive director said, “and make it easier for the students to hear their instructors because they won’t have to compete with the sound of large milling equipment.”
The school, now in its 33rd year, attracts students from around world and from as far away as Australia, Austria, South Korea and Tanzania.
Its mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden-boat-building skills while developing the individual as a craftsman.
Students build boats ranging from 9 feet to 40 feet from scratch. Upon completing the one-year program, they are awarded an associate degree in occupational studies.
Construction of the new milling room will begin this month and take about 30 days, Davis said. View full story at Peninsula Daily News:
There’s no stopping Kirkland native Helena Scutt from sailing in the Women’s High Performance Skiff for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not the severe injuries sustained l...ast year during the 2013 World Championship in southern France, nor her pursuit of a master’s in mechanical engineering at Stanford University.
It’s not just about competing in the Olympics, but a chance to compete in the high performance skiff, the first time the category has been introduced in the women’s competition. It was first introduced for men at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
“I think we can inspire the next generation of female sailors,” Scutt said. “It’s a really exciting time, this being the first time for women to race in these boats. To be able to represent your country, that’s something not very many people get to do.”
Having graduated from Stanford University last June, Scutt said she planned to get a master’s in mechanical engineering but has suspended her academic career in order to devote her time entirely to preparing for 2016. View full story at the Kirkland Reporter:
There’s a new American V6 engine, but you won’t hear it cruising down the road anytime soon. Down the river, on the other hand…
Mercury Marine has develo...ped an all-new engine for large sterndrive boats that’s the only one on the market not based on an automotive powerplant. The 250 hp 4.5-liter six-cylinder was the product of necessity, but turned out all the better for it.
The Wisconsin-based company’s last-generation offering in the class was derived from a General Motors engine that was replaced by new units fitted with lots of expensive and complex new technology aimed at on-road performance and efficiency, like direct fuel injection, that would deliver marginal returns on the water.
So Mercury Marine took the opportunity to design its own engine from scratch, and optimize it for use in the back of a boat instead of the front of a car or truck. Simple things like moving the service points fore and the air intake aft improve packaging, while a two-valve, pushrod setup keeps things simple and operating costs down. It also features a cast iron block that’s more resistant to corrosion in salt water than the aluminum ones used for many similarly-sized automotive engines today. See full story at Fox News:
The reluctant owner of the former state ferry Kalakala said he plans to scrap the art-deco boat by the end of the month, giving the 1927-vintage vessel a “death with dignity.”
“I just can’t sit here and watch it deteriorate any further,” said Tacoma industrialist Karl Anderson, who took over ownership of the vessel in 2012 after the boat’s previous owner failed to pay rent.
Anderson’s plans would drop a final curtain on a succession of ill-fated efforts to restore the streamlined ferry increasingly regarded as more eyesore than icon, and which in 2011 was declared by the Coast Guard to be a hazard to navigation.
The 276-foot vessel, which plied Washington waters from the 1930s to the 1960s, has been moored in Tacoma since 2004, after failed attempts to restore it in Seattle, and a brief period in Neah Bay, Clallam County. View full story at the Seattle Times:
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Capt. Ty Anderson strode off the Puyallup’s car deck, onto the dock’s transfer span and into retirement. The boat went bananas. Passengers screamed. Bicyclists... beeped. Drivers honked. The popular skipper, in his father’s dress uniform, stopped, turned back to the crowd, and saluted.
“That was for all the people I have served,” said Anderson, who capped 30 years with Washington State Ferries on Monday with the 5:30 p.m. sailing from Seattle. “They’re just wonderful people.”
The feeling is mutual, ferries director Lynne Griffith observed Monday, when she presented Anderson with a plaque.
“I want to thank Capt. Ty Anderson for his 30 years of service with WSF and I wish him well in his retirement,” she said. “It was great fun to ride with him on his last day on the Seattle-Bainbridge route and it was a joy to see how he is admired and loved by his crew, co-workers, and customers.” View full story at the Kitsap Sun.
AVALON (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives Wednesday were investigating two deaths in the Avalon Harbor.
Around 10:55 p.m. on Tuesday, several boats broke free from their moorings during a storm, detectives explained.
Officials responded to the Green Pleasure Pier around 3:30 a.m. to reports of injuries after high winds caused boats to be knocked over.
A harbor patrolman was killed after being pinned between a boat and a rock, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
View full story (with video) below at CBS Los Angeles.
MANCHESTER — Two men, who attempted to paddle a canoe from Blake Island to Southworth in choppy waters and high wind, were recused by a private boat on Dec. 29.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue officials reported the two men camped Dec. 28 on the island and were trying to reach Southworth when the canoe they were traveling in started to sink.
Lt. Glenn Pappuleas, acting battalion chief, reported the men — described in their early 20s — were paddling a 16-foot canoe in 2- to 3-foot swells and high winds. One of the men used his cell phone to call 911.
The private boat was monitoring a Coast Guard radio channel when they heard the emergency call. Emergency personnel and a Port Orchard Police officer launched a boat from the Port Orchard Marina.
The treacherous conditions made it hard for the private boat to dock at a Southworth pier, then minutes later at Harper Pier. The two men were transported to the Port Orchard boat before landing at the Manchester Boat Launch.
Both men were taken by ambulance to Harrison Medical Center with signs of hypothermia, reported SKFR. Story from the Port Orchard Independent.
View full details at Sea Magainze:
When the tsunami swept through Banda Aceh in Indonesia 10 years ago, the Basyariah family became trapped on the top floor of a house - the water was up to their necks and rising fast. But they had an amazing escape when a boat landed on the roof.
Among the red roofs of the newly-built houses in Lampulo village there is an extraordinary sight: a huge fishing boat perched on top of two houses.
The 25m-long wooden vessel has become a popular attraction on the tsunami
tourism trail. Signs point to Kapal di atas rumah, which means the boat
above the house - and a plaque details how the impromptu ark saved 59 people's
View full story at BBC News:
December 26th, 2014: A man escaped without serious injury when a commercial fishing boat exploded Friday morning on Lummi Island, according to the Bellingham Herald.
The boat, which was on a trailer, exploded just as the 41-year-old man started the engine around 8 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett told the Herald. A small cabin in the boat blew off and landed in a nearby trailer.
The man suffered only a minor ankle injury when he was getting off the boat.
Hewett said vapors that had built up in the hull during fueling may have ignited when the engine was started, according to the Herald. Source: Seattle Times.
Seattle, Wash. (December 2014) – Stan Miller Yachts and Grand Yachts, Inc. are excited to announce the West Coast debut of the Grand Banks 50 Eastbay SX at the upcoming Seattle Boat Show. The 50SX will be a part of the in-water show at South Lake Union, January 23rd through February 1st.
The 50 Eastbay is the newest addition to the popular Eastbay series from Grand Banks Yachts. With stunning, sleek lines and a finely tuned hull form, the 50SX slices through the water, turning heads wherever she goes. The Seattle Boat Show marks the highly-anticipated inaugural appearance of this model on the West Coast. View full press release here.
U.S.C.G. 14th District Public Affairs
HONOLULU — A boater who has been missing since Nov. 27 was found alive and uninjured aboard his 25-foot sailing vessel Malia 64 miles south... of Honolulu, Tuesday.
Ron Ingraham, 67, was last heard from when he placed two mayday calls Nov. 27, saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a short mayday call today from the master of the sailing vessel Malia over VHF channel 16 at 7:55 a.m.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) was approximately 14 miles away and responded to the UMIB at 8:32 a.m.
USS Paul Hamilton arrived on scene with Malia at 9 a.m. The U.S. Navy ship reported Ingraham was weak, hungry and dehydrated. The crew provided food and water to Ingraham and a rescue and assistance team is attempting to affect repairs to the outboard engine aboard Malia.
The 60-footer, abandoned long ago near the mouth of Deadwater Slough east of downtown Everett, ...was one of seven boats removed from local waterways this fall. It was part of a state Department of Natural Resources program to dispose of derelict boats throughout the state. View full story at The Daily Herald.
A lengthy and complex shoreline-protection plan under review in Washington state would ban new covered moorages and boat houses and force significant and costly changes in some existing... waterfront structures. Some facilities unable to comply likely will disappear.
Concrete docks would be phased out under a new environmental proposal.
The state’s goal is to protect and enhance the shoreline by encouraging the growth of 29 species of sea grasses and small fish and other marine life that thrive along natural shorelines and which are part of the food chain of larger fish, such as salmon, seals and orcas, said Peter Goldmark, the state’s commissioner of public lands.
Existing covered marinas eventually would be required to replace portions of solid rooftops with translucent panels to increase the amount of light falling on the water. Walkways in marinas – now usually concrete or wood – would be replaced with grated walks, again to let sunlight reach the water. Creosoted timbers, used as piling in moorings and in breakwaters, would be replaced with concrete or steel components. View full story at Passage Maker.
For the 2015 show there will be 35 new free seminars, bringing the total to 235 and prompting the addition of a fourth stage on weekends. On the fishing stage there will be 57 free fishing seminars with the best experts in their field of fishing and crabbing. There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two to learn from the best. And it’s all free. So whether it’s learning to mooch, learning about tuna fishing off Washington’s coast, shrimp fishing in Puget Sound or ocean salmon techniques, the Seattle Boat Show is the place to be, Jan. 23 through Feb. 1, 2015. View full press release here.